Disney at Christmas
Hi there! We have two young daughters (5 1/2 and 6 1/2) who have DREAMT of Disney since they could talk! We FINALLY think we can make it work and would love to bring them at Christmas! After reading your reviews about crowds....I'm not so sure?! Would you recommend waiting to bring them another time?! We have not been for years and have never attempted taking two little girls...but they cannot think of anything better than princesses and castles! Help?!
Dad’s Does It Have to Be Christmas Answer
This is a great question, and one that’s pretty tough for Dad to answer. Dad LOVES Christmas at WDW. But really, Dad loves the Christmas season. The actual week of Christmas is a nightmare where crowds are concerned. Dad’s been there, done that, and he’s gotten wiser in his old age. Dad's Christmas at WDW Page
Let’s start off this Ask Dad with a question for you:Is there a reason you want to go to WDW during Christmas?
You’re right about the crowds, they are beyond insane. If there’s a really good reason to go at that time – like it’s the only time you can take off work and school then GO FOR IT! You’re GOING TO DISNEY WORLD, it doesn’t get much better than that.
If you want to go during the Christmas season to see the festivities, you’re in luck – you don’t have to go during the crazy Christmas-New Years week! Christmas starts at WDW in November so you can enjoy all sorts of holiday fun for almost 2 full months (just don’t go at Thanksgiving if you’re trying to avoid the crowds!).
Christmas is Crowded - Photo by Cliff Wang
If you want to go at Christmas in order to give it as a gift – why not book a trip in January or February when it’s nice and calm at WDW? You can still give it to the girls on Christmas morning. That way you can enjoy the parks with fewer crowds – waiting 3 hours to meet a Elsa, Ariel, and Belle isn’t as magical as you’d think.
All that being said, the year we surprised The Princess and The Man-Child with a trip to WDW was the best Christmas ever.
Dad's Bottom Line
Dad says that the best time to go to WDW is anytime you can. So by that logic, yes – go to WDW at Christmas if it works for your family. But… if you have some other options… you might want to consider them.